Michael Batson - Travel Writer
Michael Batson is a travel writer with a particular interest in Southeast Asia. He was bitten by the travel bug early on and since then he has travelled widely in the region, visited countless places on and off the tourist trail, many of them more than once. He has regularly based himself in Cambodia having lived and worked there several times over the years. He continues to travel to the region regularly and maintains a contact network there of expats and locals. He keeps up with current events and has always had an interest in the history of Southeast Asia; especially that of the Mekong countries. His work has been published in magazines, online, and he has been interviewed on radio. When he is based in Phnom Penh, he runs guided walking tours of the more interesting aspects of this fascinating city.
He is a lifelong football fan. Some of his work also explores the world’s biggest, most popular sport.
This website is his blog and evolving archive of articles and photos.
Sayings to guide the travel writer
"[Travel] is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting" - Steve McQueen (the actor, not the director)
"Empathy is perhaps the most important quality for a foreign correspondent. If you have it, other deficiencies are forgivable; if you don't, nothing much can help" - Ryszard Kapuscinski
"The starting point is observation, travels, that which I see, that which I encounter, people, what I myself live through. But all of that is to be able to impart universal truths, to lead to wider reflection, historical reflection" - Ryszard Kapuscinski
"In places such as these, you are a missionary, mercenary or a misfit" - New Zealand doctor working in Papua New Guinea (2002)
"The essential in daring is to know how far one can go" - Jean Cocteau
"A tourist is someone who thinks about going home from the moment that they arrive, a traveller might not go home at all" - from the film The Sheltering Sky
"I’m not in the middle of nowhere, but I can sure see it from here" - from the film Thelma & Louise
"I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine" - Caskie Stinnett
"By the time I had crossed the frontier from Mongolia into Irkutsk, the temperature was so low you would have been required to get down on your hands and knees to see it" - James Cameron
"I wasn’t lost; I just didn’t know where I was for a few weeks" - Jim Bridger
"Leap before you look" - old Slavonic proverb
"Nothing ever bridged the gap between the man who went, and the man who stayed behind" - John Le Carre
"I haven’t seen everywhere, but it’s on my list" - Susan Sontag
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it" - Yogi Berra (attrib.)
"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move" - Robert Louis Stevenson
"The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature; only then can he see clearly" - Julian Barnes
"If you don’t know where you are going it is the best way to get somewhere you have never been" - from Seinfeld (the Bette Midler episode)